Plessey semiconductors had their chip fab plant there, producing many wonderful analogue and digital chips and there are many other high-tech companies there too: Intel and of course Motorola are there, along with other big companies such as Castrol Burmah, Nationwide, Zurich, Honda (x2), BMW, WH Smith, MAN, Triumph (bras!), Fairchild Semiconductors, Johnson Controls, Square-D, Dialog Semiconductors, etc. Did you know the NHS was based on Brunel's medical scheme for the Railway Village workers of the GWR in Swindon? The National Document archive is there as well as the Bodleian library, the Science Research Council, the fantastic STEAM railway museum and the Richard Jeffries museum. Famous Swindonians are XTC, , Billie Piper, Desmond Morris, Diana Dors, Melinda Messenger, Mark Lamarr, Julian Clary (and me!).
I know Simon from the 70s and he is a nice chap. I visited the museum last year with my son and we had a wonderful time. I was like a kid in a toy shop looking at and remembering all the old computers and my son loved the games consoles and machines. The museum is situated behind the wonderful old hall and new library.